Since forming in 2009, LA-based indie band Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. By the time they released their 2011 debut full length, Never Trust A Happy Song (Canvasback Music/Atlantic), Grouplove was already a standout at music festivals around the world, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading & Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury. Produced by the band’s own Ryan Rabin, Never Trust A Happy Song featured their debut single “Colours.” Hailed by SPIN as “one of the most infectious songs you’re bound to hear,” the song climbed to the top 15 at Alternative radio and continues to be a fan favorite. Their follow-up single “Tongue Tied” garnered even greater success, going to #1 and earning platinum certification, with sales exceeding one million. Grouplove’s raucous live show brought surging crowds to their Coachella and Bonnaroo performances and back-to-back sold out headlining tours. By the end of 2012, “Tongue Tied” was Alternative radio’s second most played song (following only Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”). The band has brought their undeniable energy to national television with appearances on shows including “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan,” and “Today.”

Grouplove’s second full length album, Spreading Rumours, arrives September 17. The highly anticipated collection’s lead single “Ways To Go” is currently #12 on the Alternative radio charts and climbing. A fall headlining tour will also include a stop at the Austin City Limits music festival.

Grouplove is: Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar), Hannah Hooper (vocals, keys), Sean Gadd (bass, vocals), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals), Ryan Rabin (drums).

It was in 2012 that 5 boys from the small NSW country town of Menangle packed their bags and flew to New York City to record their self-titled debut album. They had 14 songs and only $20 per day to spend on food but Grammy winning producer, David Kahne (Lana Del Rey, The Strokes) had heard their music and sent a personal invitation. That was three years, a platinum album and numerous sold-out tours ago and now The Rubens are back with their sophomore record, Hoops.

When they started writing songs for Hoops, they knew they had a lot to live up to. Their first record reached certified Platinum sales in Australia and its lead single “My Gun” won the prestigious APRA Award for Best Rock Work and came in at #10 in triple j’s Hottest 100. They also won ‘Best Unearthed Artist’ and were nominated for ‘Best Album’ at triple j’s J Awards and received five ARIA Award Nominations (Australian Grammy equivalent).

The story of Hoops starts in September 2013 when Sam, Elliot, Zaac, Will and Scott packed their bags and headed from the country to the coast for an intensive song-writing sojourn.  After playing more than 120 shows on their first record, it’s no surprise that their live sound played a big role in how the band wrote their parts.

 When the band felt ready, they once again called on Kahne to begin work on production. Once the album was recorded, the band decided it would be a good idea to call on fresh ears and brought in legendary producer Michael Brauer (Coldplay) to mix. While Kahne & Brauer were putting the final touches on the record, the boys returned home. Just as they were sure they had signed off on the finished album, title track ‘Hoops’ was written.

The 11 tracks that make up Hoops showcase a band with a clear understanding of how to play to their strengths. Hoops is brimming with giant rock hooks, growling guitars, driving rhythms and that unmistakable, soul-drenched Sam Margin voice.

With Hoops, The Rubens have shown that their previous success was not a fluke. Through months spent on the road and tucked away writing relentlessly and never taking themselves too seriously, it’s no wonder they’ve managed to write an album full of timeless rock tunes.

The Australian release of Hoops has been incredible with the Australian fans reaction off the charts. The album and singles have topped the iTune charts and debuted at #2 on the Aria chards. Hoops has been nominated for Triple J’s album of the year. The band triumphantly returned to the live arena at a incredible Splendour set and their extensive Australian tour sold out across the board. The second single, Hoops crossed over to commercial radio with adds at MMM, Nova, KIIS, Hits Networks among others, topped the most played charts and is #1 on the iTunes Alternative. The video for Hoops has been nominated as Vevo’s Australian Video of the Year.


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